The big issue is disposable plastics, otherwise known as single-use plastics, of which represents about 40% of all plastic produced. Cheap single-use plastics are items such as bottles and carrier bags, that you may often see polluting our hedgerows and rivers within the borough. Not only are they unsightly, but these pollutants can harm local wildlife, and travel by river to sea and frighteningly enter our food chain. In fact, small pieces of plastic have been detected in beer, salt, seafood and human stools.
We are becoming a plastic planet. But we don’t have to – if we reduce our plastic consumption, reuse where we can and recycle the rest, we will be well on our way to a cleaner and more sustainable future.